Handheld computers have been essential to the retail industry for years because they offer an efficient means of transporting remote orders from the field.  Inventory strategies that utilize mobile computers have been proven – time and time again – to produce a better return on investment for businesses by minimizing in-process inventory and eliminating other costs. The use of handheld computers is now an industry standard, but, even though they increase cost savings, there is…
One of the biggest challenges direct store delivery (DSD) operations face is the proper management of reusable containers.  This challenge is especially evident in the bakery industry, where reusable plastic trays are often used in the transportation, delivery, storage, and display of baked goods.  These plastic trays can often be lost or stolen during the delivery cycle, creating a significant asset management problem for bakeries. In addition to having trouble tracking the trays, bakeries must…
Deploying mobile computing and data collection solutions is a complex undertaking. Companies that attempt to self-manage these implementations by buying hardware and pushing it out to end users often find themselves sitting on a storeroom full of useless devices within the year. Your value added reseller or integrator should be more than just a hardware supplier. Leading resellers also offer professional services that can range from solution design and device selection, to software provisioning, mobile…
The mobile computers, barcode scanners, and printers you've deployed for your data collection application might be rugged, but like most other computer equipment, these devices will require repairs at some point in their lifecycles. This specialized equipment often requires specialized service -- and that means repairs conducted by certified technicians with experience working on that particular type of hardware. Many vendors, value added resellers, and systems integrators offer depot repair services that can help their…